A Race for the Soul
Almost four hundred people, 396 precisely. were selected for the start of the "Western States 100" ultra running event by lottery. On June 23, 2001 at 4:20 in the morning their quest begins and so does this 52 minute documentary. Starting as a horse race in 1977, 14 original competitors raced to earn belt buckles for completing the distance. Now, without the horses, men and women test themselves in a quest for the same prize, if they complete the event in under thirty hours. This Emmy nominated documentary complete with helicopter footage, athlete interviews, and developing race dynamics, gives you a taste of what will be sacrificed if you dare to run the 100 miles that includes 15,500 feet of elevation gain and 23,000 feet of decline.
Production Studio - KVIE - A PBS Affiliate